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Read Women’s Health Tasmania’s blogs for up-to-date information on current health issues.

A bloody, often painful secret

“If you swim in the ocean with your period, you will attract sharks.”

“Girls can hold in their period if they choose to, like pee.”

“Your period is the tears of an empty womb.”

“There are balloons floating inside you full of blood.”

“Periods are blue in colour!”

“Never talk about your period at work, especially in front of male colleagues!”

Women talking

This is what Tasmanian women told us about homelessness

by Lucy Shannon, 23rd Feb, 2021

Did you know?

Homelessness, and indeed being at the pointy end of the housing crisis in Tassie, has huge impacts on women’s mental health. 

Woman sitting in the back of a car with bags and boxes.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – you’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of it!

by Lucy Shannon, 18th Jan, 2021

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a cyclical, hormone-based mood disorder. It’s linked to the menstrual cycle, but it’s more – often a lot more – than just feeling a bit sad or irritable before your period comes.

What is it?

Image: Woman holding hands to head in pain

What happened to the Pap Smear?

by Lucy Shannon, 16th Nov, 2020

There’s been a significant change to the way we screen for cervical cancer in Australia. It’s more accurate and we’ll need to do the test less often.

Since December 2017, the Pap Smear has been replaced with the Cervical Screening Test. It is an exciting development for a few reasons and alongside the vaccine for HPV could set us on the path to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia.

Doctors check list of tests required with a red tick next to Pap Smear

Public hospitals should provide women’s health services

by Kelly Madden, 10th Sep, 2020

Abortion is legal in Tasmania but accessing the service, particularly a surgical abortion, can be a problem.  

A tired woman sitting, looking at phone with a suitcase beside her.